To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

- Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion this week is Shofetim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9).  As the name of the parsha implies, legal righteousness is an essential element of the portion's message.  Like the tag

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Re'eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17). Its message might best be described as "the choice is yours." Before we explore that notion further, permit me to

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This poem calls us to pause and appreciate wondrous moments.  When was the last time you stopped to watch the fireflies dance?   Perhaps you will, after reading this lovely passage....Brian C.

Interval

by Jeffrey

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This poem calls us to take time to pause and appreciate moments of wonder.  When was the last time you stopped to look at the fireflies?  Perhaps you might consider doing more of it after reading this

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25).  The parsha is a reminder that it is the intangibles of life which are both the most valuable and oftentimes the most

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25).  The parsha is a reminder that it is the intangibles of life which are both the most valuable and oftentimes the most

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion on this Shabbat is Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:2-7:11).  The parsha offers both the second iteration of the Ten Commandments (5:6-18) and the profound utterance which

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22).  While the Book of Deuteronomy is the fifth book of Torah, in many respects it is a recapping of the previous four

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion this week is Mattot-Massey (Numbers 30:2-36:13).  These are the combined last two parshiot for the Book of Numbers.  There are powerful elements within this portion

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A Lesson from the Beach

I recently returned from a glorious week on Cape Cod.  I went to the beach every day and was mesmerized by the sun, the water, and the sheer beauty of it all.  Every day seals

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1).  The Pinchas narrative begins at the end of last week's parsha. In the opening verses of chapter 25, another form of

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9). This is an intriguing parsha because Moses and Israel, for most of the portion, are not the main protagonists.  Rather, the

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Dear Friends,

 

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Chukkat (Numbers 19:1-22:1).  The pasha begins with one of the most perplexing rituals of purification:  the ritual of the red heifer.  An unblemished

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32).  The tension within the community continues to escalate.  It is family strife played out on a societal level.  Korach,

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion for this week is entitled Behaalotecha (Numbers 8:1-12:16).  Of our parsha we could say, reworking a well known TV series tag line, that our portion (and a number of

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Reflections on the Weekly Torah Reading

Thoughts for the Week 5/17/12

Each week on Thursday, Dr. Hesch Sommer will offer insights into the weekly Torah portion read on the coming Sabbath. If you
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